Professor Barry Hughes
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Melbourne
Barry Hughes is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland (BSc Hons 1976) and the Australian National University (PhD 1980). He undertook postdoctoral work in the United States at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester; the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland; and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota. Before joining the University of Melbourne as a Lecturer in Mathematics in 1986, he was a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow at the Australian National University, and a Lecturer in Mathematics at the Royal Military College, Duntroon.
Professor Hughes was the Executive Director of the National Strategic Review of Mathematics Sciences Research in Australia (2005-2006) and has reviewed a number of University mathematics departments for the Saudi Arabian National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment.
His research interests are eclectic, but are best summarized as stochastic modelling (including random walks, random environments, power-law phenomena, and stochastically evolving networks), continuum modelling, and methods of applied mathematics, with applications in the physical, social and life sciences. He is the author of the two-volume book, Random Walks and Random Environments (Oxford University Press). In recent years, his work has become increasingly directed towards developmental biology.